MHC class I-mediated cytotoxicity does not induce apoptosis in muscle fibers nor in inflammatory T cells: studies in patients with polymyositis, dermatomyositis, and inclusion body myositis.

Apoptosis plays a crucial role in natural recovery from T cell-mediated autoimmune disorders of the nervous system. Whether apoptosis also occurs in human inflammatory myopathies is unclear. In this study we examined muscle biopsy specimens from untreated patients with polymyositis (n = 12), dermatomyositis (n = 12), and inclusion body myositis (n = 12) for… CONTINUE READING